Starting in 1987, Aurelio Montes, Doug Murray, Alfredo Vidaurre and Pedro Grand founded the Montes Winery in Chile. The idea was to produce wines from Chile of a higher quality than the reputation Chilean Wine had at the time. The focus was on their first release which was the 1987 Montes Alpha Cabernet Sauvignon. This is thought to be one of the first premium wines to be sold or exported outside of Chile. Out of this came the “Alpha” series which included other varietals such as Chardonnay, Merlot, Syrah and eventually Pinot Noir, Carmenere and Malbec. From this core the brand grew, and now with plantings in Apalta and wines such as Montes M; Montes has cemented itself as one of the premier producers in all of Chile. Unlike a lot of other wineries in Chile that are funded by foreign investment, Montes is 100% Chilean funded and produced. This has helped other wineries follow in their footsteps and helped create a lot more Chilean owned and operated wineries. With great international recognition; Montes is a great example of a New World winery setting the benchmark for ultra-premium wines!
The winery now produces many different tiers of wines and has Vineyards in many different wine regions of Chile including the Colchagua and Casablanca Valleys. They have even spread their involvement outside of Chile with projects like Kaiken Malbec in Argentina. Montes have a commitment to sustainability which is becoming ever so important in our world today. HACCP Traceability certification 2010, Chilean Sustainability wine code 2011, Chilean wine industries sustainability code 2013 are just a few of the certifications Montes has received. Vineyard Management, habitat conservation, Operations/winemaking management and Social responsibility are all areas that are considered to achieve these certifications, and in the end result in a better product in my opinion.
In a state of the art gravity fed facility the wines are born. With the idea that manipulation should be kept to an absolute minimum, Montes has no pumps in their winery. Crushed on the roof, which butts up to a hillside in the Apalta Vineyard, the grapes then make their way down to the fermentation tanks. Without agitation the wine so much, the subtle and delicate flavors are really allowed to express themselves. The wines are really left to themselves as much as possible to extract the truest expression of the varietals.
We are featuring two wines from the Alpha Series (Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Noir), the Limited Series Sauvignon Blanc and the Classic Series Chardonnay all for discounted prices during the Month of June.
Be sure to stop by and check out these great wines!